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Shure SM5B

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  • MSRP: n/a
  • Discontinued


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SM5B Documentation

CardioidShure SM5B

Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

The SM5B is a dynamic microphone designed for television and radio broadcast as well as stage and location recording. Its integrated yoke mount makes it easy to position from a boom or mic stand.

SM5B InternalsThe dynamic cartridge (Shure p/n 99B347) was shockmounted via a silicone rubber suspension — essentially, a set of four elastic bands mounted to posts surrounding the cartridge. The cartridge incorporated a humbucking coil to reduce susceptibility to hum fields. The mic has no output transformer.

The published frequency response is relatively flat from 100–15,000 Hz (±3dB). The mic’s response falls off rapidly above 15kHz.

Like its successor, the SM7B, the 5B had excellent Cardioid pattern control. The off-axis response of this mic would be attenuated in volume, but relatively uncolored. The variation in volume or tone from ±30° of center would be all but inaudible.

The mic shipped with a stand adapter (Shure p/n 90A1071), boom adapter (p/n 31A936A), and a wing nut.

SM5B internals photo: Dennis Schrank

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The mic was released in 1966.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (1.3 mV/Pa; 50 - 15,000 Hz)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 160 Ohms (Low) SPL n/a
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
964g (34.00oz) 252mm (9.92'') 108mm (4.25'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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